This week’s image was taken about two feet away from Flower in the Rain #2 from last week. I was out in the front yard, trying to collect a photo of the day. The flowers don’t have long to live before frost sets in, so I’m using them frequently as subjects. This time I was distracted by the three butterflies flitting around. My neighbor asked if I knew the name. I answered with confidence, but my son did too, and an Internet search revealed he knows more about butterflies than I do (Proud Daddy moment). I was super jazzed when I saw how well this photo came out, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/4.5 at 1/500, ISO 800.

Digital Darkroom. By far the biggest edit to this image was the crop. I could only get so close to the butterfly, so I knew that I would be cropping. But after I zoomed in, I thought “I could zoom in a bit more.” So I did that again. And again. And again. By the time I was done, the butterfly filled the frame, and I was down to 5.8 MP out of the original 24- less than 1/4. While I probably couldn’t make a huge print out of the remaining image, at most sizes it works just fine. The other adjustments I made to the image were the usual exposure, contrast, clarity, etc.

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

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